Written By: Samantha Burrows
Recently, Lee County’s NJROTC orienteering team had their last meet and did very well. Before the meet is elaborated on, what is orienteering? Orienteering is an NJROTC team where cadets have after school practices on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and practice reading maps, using compasses, and becoming better runners. These practices are to prepare for the meets that we have every few months. At these meets the team members get a map and a compass and go out into the woods alone and find all of the points that the map has. The cadets running get no help from any other people on the course, so it is a completely independent sport.
Our team just had a meet up in north GA, Chattanooga State Park. The runners started to run around 8 o’clock and stopped at about 12 o’clock.
There are three different courses in orienteering, a yellow, orange, and green course. The yellow course is the easiest course to run that can receive an award. It is generally about 3 kilometers. This course generally has about 10 points, while the orange sometimes has 13 and the green has about 15 at some meets.
We had 18 runners at this championship, which is good participation considering the fact that only 15 are required to qualify for the championships. 10 out of the 18 runners completed the course in under 2 hours, finding every point. 8 of the runners overall were freshman. The team did not qualify for nationals, but they still did really well for so many of the runners being freshman.
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